LT does Research of the Year

Liverpool Telescope
The Liverpool Telescope
Credit: Rob Smith

We are delighted to announce that research done by astronomers here at Liverpool John Moores University using the Liverpool Telescope has been chosen as "Research of the Year" by the Times Higher Education Supplement at their annual awards.

The research involved building and using a special instrument (called RINGO) to study enormous explosions in space called Gamma-Ray Bursts (or GRBs). The robotic nature of the telescope can react immediately when a GRB was detected by special satellite telescopes. It is then able to get observations with the new instrument much more quickly than any other telescope, and can therefore see the early stages of the explosion.

This is particularly exciting for us at the NSO as it is all happening on the same telescope that pupils in registered schools are using for themselves!